Based in North Carolina, JAARS stands for Jungle Aviation and Radio Services, is a ministry who supports and serves along side other ministries and missionaries such as Southern Institute of Learning and Wycliffe Bible translators. We had no idea the work being done all over the world. How and what goes in to getting the Word of God translated into a tribe or people group's heart language.
Jeff and I spent a week serving at JAARS and while that was fulfilling, it was the stories we heard from so many missionaries who have gone before, who are going back into the field, who are going for the first time. Many of these are not Bible translators, although many were - and, oh, the stories - but, those who are not translators go in support of the translators: the aviators, the mechanics, the teachers, the store managers, the IT engineers, to name just a few. We just didn't know.
We have already told our leaders that we'll be going back next year.